Microsoft: Seadragon for iPhone

Microsoft Live Labs today announced Seadragon Mobile for iPhone. With the help of Seadragon you can now see giga-pixel images on your iPhone.

Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform. Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger. Browse an entire collection of photos from a single screen. You can browse Deep Zoom Images that you can create from your own pictures or your Photosynth collection (or anybody else's). Seadragon Mobile is available for free at the iTunes App Store.

This clearly shows Microsoft isn't ignoring the iPhone after all!

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It works very nice. It's perfectly smooth and is very polished. The aerial view of earth loads very fast.

It almost replaces the Maps app for me, besides the fact that it isn't meant to be a replacement for it.

Nice app. No lag, which I thought I would see. The aerial view maps are better than Google's. Load times are alot quicker anyway.

I personally would prefer official Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Calender iPhone applications from Microsoft It really would be brilliant to be able to edit and view my calendar on the go as well as check all my Neowin thread subscriptions :P (Windows Live Mail) and keep up to date with my Windows Live People :)

It's good to see Microsoft is not ignoring the iPhone I thought they might...

Extremely nice. Now I only need a couple of really high resolution photos so that it makes sense to use it.

Hopefully that' one first step from Microsoft towards an WLM client for the iPhone !

creamhackered said,
Yeah I hope they bring out a client but BeeJive is excellent anyway :)


+1 for Beejive

Not sure. Considering that WinMo 7, which will bring the platform up to where the iPhone is *now*, will be coming out second half 2009 (ages from now), and considering that WinMo 8, which is supposed to be better than everything out *now* has no release date . . . I have no idea what MS is doing in the mobile handset area. I don't think they know, either.

Ballmer said in 2007 that the iPhone will not achieve any kind of noteworthy marketshare (typical of him), and the iPhone comes out of left field to reshape the smartphone landscape. And now it seems WinMo is on a schedule that will put them chronically behind everyone else.

I think MS should just scrap WinMo 7, since it'll be already obsolete on arrival, and just fast-track WinMo 8.

LTD said,
Not sure. Considering that WinMo 7, which will bring the platform up to where the iPhone is *now*, will be coming out second half 2009 (ages from now), and considering that WinMo 8, which is supposed to be better than everything out *now* has no release date . . . I have no idea what MS is doing in the mobile handset area. I don't think they know, either.

Ballmer said in 2007 that the iPhone will not achieve any kind of noteworthy marketshare (typical of him), and the iPhone comes out of left field to reshape the smartphone landscape. And now it seems WinMo is on a schedule that will put them chronically behind everyone else.

I think MS should just scrap WinMo 7, since it'll be already obsolete on arrival, and just fast-track WinMo 8.


Keep in mind that the iPhone is but one device (ok, so it's technically two, but they're very similar), whereas there's hundreds of different Windows Mobile devices out there. Rather like the Desktop OS, it has to be designed to cater for a wide variety of devices, many of which share completely different input options. Not everything has a touch screen, for example. Plus, even though only newer devices (and very recent ones, via firmware updates) will actually run Windows Mobile 7, it has to maintain a fair amount of backwards compatibility.

WinMo 6.5 is coming first, and might very well have this in there plus other things. WinMo 7 got pushed back for some reason or other, but they haven't forgoten the mobile market. I believe WinMo7 could very well be very new and not just an updated version like the others, thus the delay. Only time will tell.

Chaks said,


Of course we all know it isn't. What I think Sartoris was trying to get at was that the naming is very very similar to the naming of Mozilla or Mozilla-based products.

Very strange for Microsoft to name something like this

cJr. said,
Of course we all know it isn't. What I think Sartoris was trying to get at was that the naming is very very similar to the naming of Mozilla or Mozilla-based products.

Very strange for Microsoft to name something like this :/

Yes. That is what I was getting at.